Paying for The War By: Samir Deffala,Justin zukauskas


  • The war cost 6.19 billion Dollars
  • Union 4.09 billion Dollars
  • 96.5 billion today
  • Confederate payed 2.10 billion
  • 49.5 billion today
  • confederate Prices went up a lot.


"By February 1863 the price of flour had more than doubled. Bacon, which cost $1.25 per pound in 1860, sold for $10, while the price of sugar increased more than fifteen-fold and coffee cost forty times what it had previously...Rapidly escalating prices encouraged hoarding and speculation, which drove prices up even more. Since the salaries of soldiers, government workers, and factory laborers were fixed--or at least did not rise quickly enough to cover inflation--food became affordable."

"In Atlanta, 1864 food prices...escalated--a pound of butter cost $15, a bushel of potatoes sold for $24, a barrel of flour went for $250, and one hundred pounds of bacon cost $500."

"Food became scarce. Butter sold for $1.50 a pound, and flour was virtually unavailable...Although food was plentiful outside Vicksburg...plantation owners were often unwilling to sell food to the military authorities, simply because farmers could get better prices on the open market. Well before the arrival of the Federal army, Vicksburg residents had to drive into the countryside to purchase salt for $45 a bag and turkeys at $50 each, which were unavailable in the city."



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